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Get Caught Up in the Holiday Spirit

Each January we watch as the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball descends counting the moments until midnight: 3...2...1. Then noisemakers blare and confetti falls, letting us see, if only for a brief moment, the potential the new year holds.

You may also look back and consider how far you've come in the past 12 months.

Visualize those moments when you conquered last year's insurmountable goals: thriving in a new city, posting a new personal best in your sport of choice, or re-claiming your independence after a relationship's painful end.

You've come a long way, and it wasn't easy. You should celebrate your accomplishments.

As we begin 2009, let's start with the realization that we are capable of achieving greatness in our lives.
Paul Mettler
Paul Mettler, PT, DPT
Soup isn't Just for the Soul-it's a Great Meal
Soup isn't Only for the Soul-It's a Great Meal

Remember when you were sick from school and mom made you a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup? You immediately felt better.

But you don't have to be sick to reap the benefits of the season's most underrated food. Soups and stews are warm, filling, and ready in minutes. They're also a great way to get your diet back on track after the holidays. Surprised? You shouldn't be.

If you choose a hot soup, you'll never wolf it down. Those few extra minutes spent blowing on the broth will give your stomach time to recognize that it's full.

If you choose a broth-based soup, you'll get full faster because the high water content fills your stomach, keeping you from consuming too many calories. Just stay away from cream-based soups that with hidden calories that can help you pack on the pounds.

If you choose a fiber-filled soup, you'll get a hearty meal. Choose a soup with lots of beans, veggies, and whole grains.

Chicken Tortilla Soup - (Serves 6)
9 cups chicken broth
6 cloves roasted garlic
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
2 fresh jalapeno peppers, sliced into rings
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
2 cups shredded, cooked chicken meat
1 lime, juiced
6 (6-inch) corn tortillas, cut into strips and toasted for garnish

In heavy pot, bring the broth to a boil. Add garlic, tomatoes, chopped onion, jalapeno, and oregano to the broth. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
Broil the sliced onions until soft and a little brown. Add broiled onions, chicken, lime juice to soup, and simmer till chicken is heated. Place toasted tortilla strips in each bowl and pour soup over strips.

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Keep Your New Year's Resolutions
Each year, we make 'em and break 'em. New Year's Resolutions are great ideas, but for many of us, we start with the best intentions only to get discouraged and fail.

You've noticed the trends yourself. Gyms are packed on January 1. Two weeks later only the regulars are there. If you want to make sure you've accomplished your goal or are still working toward it in a few weeks, try these tips.
  • Set a specific goal. Don't make your goal to lose weight; you'll never know if you're succeeding. Instead, plan to drop 15 pounds.
  • Limit your resolutions. Choose one goal you really want to accomplish and go for it. After you've nailed the first one, then you can move on to a second or third challenge.
  • Make it realistic. You might want to run a sub-3:15 marathon, but your body can't handle it. Instead, make your goal to train well so that you can finish the race pain free.
  • Post your resolutions in a visible place. Post your goal to eat only fruits or veggies as snacks on your refrigerator. It will keep you from grabbing the Chunky Monkey while watching Lost. 
  • Get a plan. Set up a step-by-step way to achieve your goal and get going. Want to learn to swim? Scope out the classes offered, buy a suit, and sign up for a class.
  • Find a cheerleader. Tell your cheerleader-like friends what your resolutions are, and call them when you're struggling. They'll get you back on track. If your goals are fitness-related, get a personal trainer. They're as invested in your success as you are.
  • Keep a diary. Document your successes and struggles. You'll also notice behavioral patterns that set you back. If you constantly make poor food choices around a co-worker, pack your lunch and keep her company when she gets back from McDonald's.
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Look Years Younger Naturally
Look Years
Younger Naturally

Mettler is delighted to announce a revolutionary approach to skin care. Bellanina's Facelift Massage is the most luxurious, safe, and cost-effective method of treating sagging, aging skin without cosmetic surgery.

Facelift Massage is a firming, lifting, and contouring treatment that restores the skin's radiance while it tones the muscles.

You can book your appointment with one of our certified massage therapists at the Mettler Center.

If you decide that you can't get enough of our newest offering, purchase a Bellanina Facelift Massage Punch Card. You'll pay full price for your first four massages and get the fifth one 1/2 off.
Sleeping Soundly was Never so Easy
Sleeping Soundly was Never so Easy

Just like last year, you made a resolution to be good to yourself this year. You want to chat with friends more often, get a better job, and sleep through the night.

We can't necessarily help you with the first two, but thanks to the Side Solution Pillow, designed by Mettler Center owner Paul Mettler, PT, DPT, you don't have to spend any more time counting sheep.

The pillow cradles your neck and shoulder while supporting your head so that you wake up refreshed and restored. If you're a side sleeper, this will also keep your neck from getting crunched.

But, don't think that's it. There are identical cutouts that are designed to reduce weight-bearing pressure on your side and properly align the neck,  helping you sleep in the optimal position.

To get your own Side Solution Pillow, call the Mettler Center.

Get Great Recipes
The Mettler Center Cookbook has arrived!

"Healthy Cooking," a collection of healthy and delicious recipes for the entire family, makes an ideal gift or keepsake!
Reserve a book today by calling the Mettler Center at (217) 356-6543. Books are $12.50 plus tax. 
Giving You Our Best

Each month we acknowledge one department that brings you outstanding service each day.

This month, we recognize our therapy staff, which includes our physical and massage therapists, as well as our patient relations coordinators.

Stay tuned for next month's honorees.